Just observations trying to stimulate conversation.....
- Reel to Reel and phonograph, headphones
- Cassette and 8-track
- The Sony "Walkman"
- Digital Audio (the CD)
- In Ear Monitors
- I-Tunes/Digital music online.
- Portable amps.
- Really Good IEM's (last 5-7 years progress)
I remember back in about 1975 paying in the $200-300 range for a Pioneer cassette tape deck and a Sansui and then a Marantz receiver. It was audio bliss. Funny here we are 40 years later and at least the receivers still sound and cost about the same.
#3 Was certainly huge.....to be able to "carry music around" with you. Sound was dreadful but very convenient. Certainly no revelation in SQ as it was all about portability.
#4 Was also huge. I remember the very first cd I listened to was 1982... Michael Jackson "Thriller". Jaw dropping SQ period! No snap crackle or pop.
#8 To me is the most astonishing revelation, yet so few know how good portable sound can be??? It's almost a cult following. Simply put, the general public doesn't care about SQ. What they consider "premium sound" stereos in cars is crap these days. My Bose premium system in my car....is crap. $10 earbuds is perfectly fine for probably 95-98% of the people. I don't have the stats at hand but I would venture to say that if you have a pair of IEM's that you paid $100 or more for, you probably have better SQ than 99.5% of the public. If you spent over $400 (triple, quad drivers, etc) you are probably in an elite category of perhaps better SQ than 99.99% of the public. YES, maybe 1 in 10,000 people buys a $400 IEM. Again I don't have the data but think my estimates are reasonable.
#7 As I stare at the list #6 is a pretty amazing product. Would we all agree that super portable and clean amplificaton is an amazing breakthrough allowing no limits on portability of sound with any type of IEM or headphone?
#6 Terrible. Destroyed brick and mortar record stores. I see very little "positive" about this one. Have little else to say on this. I don't see any advantages over being able to buy hard copies of the product and ripping.
Edited by Spyro - 2/28/14 at 4:13pm